Dime Store Decor

Wendy Douglas —  October 11, 2010

Finding the money to spend on decor for a portable children’s ministry can be a challenge.  Not only do you have to stay within your budget, but you also want to make sure that the items you do purchase can be used more than once.  Decor needs will include each individual rooms as well as the check in area and hallways.

The first thing I do is make a list of all things I will need during a series such as props, wall decor, and even screen backgrounds. Then I divide the list into categories:

  • Things I can borrow,
  • Things I can make, and
  • Things I have to buy.

Big props such as couches fall into the first bucket as an example of something that I would try to borrow.  Most of what I end up buying comes from the dollar store and are actually supplies that can be used as decor or to make props. I tend to make alot of the decor that I have used.

Here are just a few pictures of some of our themed decor that we have used-all portable and affordable:

This was our check in area for our Crazy Love series – 60’s themed decor. All of this was done for under $10.

This was our Traveling the World series – Hawaiian themed decor. Again this was done for under $10.

This was the decor for our Hawk Village series – Indian themed decor. Again this was done for less than $10. Well it was a little more for my husband’s Indian costume, but he made a great prop LOL.

So how are you decorating your area on a budget?  What tricks have you found?  What secrets can you share with the rest of us?

Wendy Douglas

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Wendy is married to a warrior for the last 18 years and Mom to three boys. She volunteers in KidzPlace at The Gathering Church in Sevierville, TN. She reads almost anything she can get her hands on. In addition to contributing to Kidmin1124, she maintains her own blog called Saved Sister at http://savedsister7.blogspot.com/.

2 responses to Dime Store Decor

  1. great blog, and great ideas! last week i was at the mall and noticed a great window display at j crew. it included several large cardboard boxes cut in different sizes and layered over each other. super simple, and super affordable. made me wonder if the same thing could be used for a tomb during easter?!

  2. That is a great idea! The teepee in the above picture was made out of pvc piping and brown packaging paper. Boxes are fantastic to use! The canoe I used in the Indian series was made of boxes, glue, and contruction paper. I actually made a huge wall using gray spray painted boxes glued together and the kids loved it. There are so many things that you can find in your garage, attic, thrift store, and yard sales to use to make decor on a budget.